A few months ago, Team Cherry announced that bug-based Metroidvania Hollow Knight would be getting physical versions on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. The game was already available on their respective digital stores, as well as PC, but a retail version puts the game on store shelves and lets collectors put something on their own shelves at home. Unfortunately, it seems this is not to be any longer.
Late last week, Skybound Games announced on Twitter that the physical release of Hollow Knight would be cancelled, though did not give any reasons why.
We are saddened to share that we’ll no longer be working with @TeamCherryGames to bring #HollowKnight to new platforms. We absolutely love the game and wish Team Cherry continued success. We look forward to seeing what’s next for them. pic.twitter.com/Cyp9tniGKu
— Skybound Games (@skyboundgames) November 9, 2018
In a statement released publicly, Team Cherry also chose not to detail the reasons for the cancellation, though did drop a few hints that it might be related to a financial or resource issue.
“As a team of 3 people still in intensive production of Hollow Knight, taking the game into the retail space (even with the extensive assistance of Skybound) proved more work than we could reasonably manage,” Team Cherry wrote. “In future [sic] we will investigate other ways to deliver physical versions of Hollow Knight, though likely that will be in smaller quantities.”
Skybound Games is a division of Skybound Entertainment, owned by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, and has announced that they will be finishing the The Walking Dead: The Final Season with former Telltale developers.